Earlier in Term 2, students in Grade 5 and 6 spent time finishing off their Egyptian Sarcophagi from Term 1. Here is some of their work:
Mexican Folk Art
In Term 2, students will be making a collage based on the story book The Blue Frog and the Legend of Chocolate. They will learn about characters from Aztec mythology; the Sun God, Wind God, Rana Azul, the blue frog, and of course they will learn about how chocolate is made. During the collage making process, students will experience range of materials and techniques including stamping with acrylic paint, mixing colours with ink wash and crayon resist. They will also practice paper craft techniques including folding and cutting to create symmetrical shapes, fringing, scrunching and layering.
Grade 1 and 2
In term 2, students will be making a collage of a pinata party scene. They will be introduced to the subject matter by reading The Pinata that the Farm Maiden Hung and then they will learn about the artist Diego Rivera. They will discuss how his large mural paintings show a narrative and look closely at his painting ‘La Pinata’. Student will have opportunities to further develop their figure drawing skills when they photograph each other in different poses and use these as a reference for their drawings.
Grade 3 and 4
In term 2, students will create an artwork based on the folk art of Sacred Heart Milagros which were traditionally used as good luck charms or to heal the sick. They will learn about the cultural and historical context of these objects which the Spanish brought to Mexico during colonisation. They will create their own design by including symbols of personal significance then etch this into silver cardboard and decorate with pattern and colour. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
Grade 5 and 6
In term 2, students will create Alebrije monsters which are made by combining different animal features into a fantasy creature. We will use Chromebooks to individualise the project by enabling students to collect their own animal inspiration images. Students will make their Alebrijes with paper mâché and decorate with bright colours and pattern. Although these creatures are not a traditional part of Day of the Dead celebrations, they are featured in the animated film Coco. Students will also learn about the conventions of folk art as a distinctive style.
I am so excited to be teaching art this year and to share my passion for this subject with students. As many of you will know I have been a classroom teacher at Bell Primary for four years. Running after school and holiday art workshops, painting a mural as an artist in residence at Fitzroy Primary and Loyola Collage, and being the volunteer and schools program coordinator at Seventh Artist Run Space in Fitzroy is just some of the previous experience that I bring to this new role.
Last year I traveled in the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Some highlights included hiking in icy Patagonia, seeing a wild leopard in the Amazonian jungle in Bolivia and painting a large mural for a café as part as a work exchange. I also spent around a month in Oaxaca, Mexico which is known for it’s strong cultural heritage and I have drawn on this experience to plan this term’s Mexican Folk Art unit.
Ancient and Medieval Art
This term in art, the Preps will be travelling back in time to learn about ancient civilisations and their unique art forms. Prep students will be starting with Egypt, with a particular focus on the icon of Bastet – the Egyptian god. Whilst learning about the cultural and spiritual significance of Bastet, students will create a painting, which depicts Mau’s stature and iconography. Keeping with the theme of Egypt, students will create Egyptian collars, which will enable students to focus on their design and detail skills.
Grade 1 and 2
As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term students will explore the art of ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Pharaoh inspired self-portraits. During this artwork, students will learn about hieroglyphics and Egyptian gods. Students will turn a photograph of themselves into a painting, which depicts them as an ancient Egyptian King or Queen.
Grade 3 and 4
Grade 3 and 4 students will be travelling back in time to Medieval England as part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term! Students will be learning about the art form of medieval calligraphy and Celtic design. Armed with this information, they will create their own interpretation of the art form using their initials as basis for the work. This work will aim to help students understand the cultural significance of ancient scriptures and calligraphy and the aesthetic influence of Celtic stylisation.
Grade 5 and 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be transported back to when the Egyptian empire ruled supreme! Students will learn about the ancient Egyptians obsession with death and the after life, their burial rituals and the astonishing art, which adorned their tombs. Students will create a ‘royal’ portrait on gold paper, which will then be placed on a sarcophagus-shaped piece of paper, which they will design and paint in the style of Tutankhamun’s famous sarcophagus.
Last term students in Grade 5 and 6 looked at the work of indigenous artist, Reko Rennie. Students watched interviews with Reko Rennie, which I used as a springboard for discussion around the ethics of street art and the differences between graffiti and street art. Through these rich discussions, students formed interesting perspectives on what they believed justified ‘good’ street art. Reko Rennie uses the diamond motif regularly in his work, which we learnt links to a masculine symbol from his mob. Students incorporated the diamond motif along with an Australian animal of their choice. By using fluro colours, students were able to blend the contemporary with their knowledge of the diamond motif.
As part of the printmaking unit last term, Grade 5/6 students created these wonderful insect prints using the form board printing technique. Students did a series of grey lead sketches of different insects and then created a watercolour painting in their art journal of their chosen insect. Through video tutorials and experimentation students learnt how to use watercolour paints to create tone and shading. Students then created their prints and came up with unique ideas about how they were going to display them. Here are some photos of their fantastic work!
As part of the Etching and Printmaking unit this term, Grade 5/6 students have created these emotionally evocative etchings. We read Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak and compared the themes. Through group discussions, students concluded that the books focused on loneliness, light and dark and self-reflective journey’s. Students created a series of sketches in their art journals and then chose their favourite drawing to use as inspiration for their etching. There is a display of these fascinating works just outside David and Marg’s offices’.
Printmaking and Etching for Prep, Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6
As part of the printmaking and etching unit, Prep students will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different printmaking tools to create a vibrant artwork inspired by Erin Lawings’ book, Rabbityness. This artwork will encourage students to explore different textures and patterns, whilst learning about abstract art and repetition. In the second half of the term, students will be creating artworks inspired by Paul Klee’s Castle and the sun (1928), with a focus on colour and shape.
Grade 1 & 2
Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring printmaking by creating a garden inspired artwork, based on the book The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes. This artwork will enable students to compose a print using layers of detail and texture. Students will create abstract prints, which will then be cut up to form leaves and flowers for their printed collage. In the last weeks of the term, students will study and sketch botanical specimens, before turning them into prints using foam board. The focus for this artwork will be on line and repetition.
Grade 5 & 6
Grade 5 and 6 students will be comparing two books, Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. Students will discuss the similar and differing thematics of the books and draw on the ideas within these books to use as inspiration to create an etching artwork. In the second half of the term, students will make a foam board print based on anatomical drawings of insects. Through these projects, students will explore the relationship between light and dark and negative and positive space.
The Grade 5/6s have been hard at work this term creating these beautiful Japanese koi scroll artworks. The focus for this artwork was on drawing anatomically correct fish and showing movement and rhythm in the water. The students used water colour paints, decorative paper, wooden sticks and wool. What I find interesting is that all the students have created very unique artworks, despite the fact they all painted the same type of fish, koi. If you would like to see these artworks up close, there is a display in the front office and in the main hallway. Enjoy!